D-Link Covr Review (Page 1 of 5)

Recently, I got a call from a friend who lived very close and needed some help with his house. "The heat in my house is not working and the utility company told me my programmable thermostat is broken," he said. "What do you think?" Now, I am no expert in HVAC systems, but I decided to drop by to see what I could do to help. After getting to his house, I began to doubt it was his thermostat. For one thing, it is not common for thermostats to break down. Secondly, I could hear his furnace fan running, indicating the thermostat was clearly trying to start the furnace. Therefore, I went down to the basement and took a look. A quick look inside the furnace revealed the problem: There was no flame. But why was there no flame? I looked around and something caught my eye. The gas valve feeding into the furnace was in the "off" position. Aha! I turned the valve into the "on" position, and we were back in business. Now, this may be an obvious solution, and I was surprised the technician from the utility company did not realize this. But every solution is obvious when someone says it, right? In the same way, how do we fix Wi-Fi dead spots in your house? How about adding extra wireless access points? Now, this may be an obvious solution, and like the Linksys Velop and TP-Link Deco M5, the D-Link Covr mesh wireless system aims to achieve total and complete coverage to every corner of your home seamlessly under one SSID. But the Covr has one fundamental difference compared to the competition. While the Velop and Deco M5 uses identical nodes throughout, which limits its wireless backhaul speed due to weak antennas, the Covr has a high-power router as the main unit. Will this make the Covr be a winner in performance? Read on to find out!

Crucial BX300 240GB Review (Page 1 of 11)

In the past few weeks, many movies have been released that I want to go and watch at the theaters. So far I have been successful, watching both Thor: Ragnorok and Murder on the Orient Express. I will not be comparing the movies, since they are entirely different and do not seek to accomplish the same type of entertainment. Each movie has different intentions of how to entertain. However, at least for me, both movies were successful at keeping me glued to the screen. Thor: Ragnorok did well and many critics supported the movie. On the other hand, Murder on the Orient Express did not do as well in terms of ticket sales. The critics did not like it, and the audience score is not great either. I definitely disagree with much of the criticism, as I thoroughly enjoyed Murder on the Orient Express. For curiosity's sake, I read some of the reviews for the movie. Many of them focused heavily on the fact that Hercule Poirot is not a relatable character. My response is this: Of course he is not. He is meant to be an oddity, which is what makes him such a good detective. The point is not to relate to him, but to be amazed at his exceptional abilities. The intention of the character is different than what the critics assumed and so I think their evaluation is wrong. I am not a film critic, however, so feel free to disagree with me. Knowing the intention of any product is always important in order to evaluate it effectively. At APH Networks, it is important for us to evaluate a product as to how it is intended. Today, we have the Crucial BX300 240GB SSD, which promises fast speeds compared to your HDD and increased reliability. Read on to find out how it does!

Twitter is now testing Bookmarks, its save for later feature

From The Verge: Twitter is testing a new feature called Bookmarks, which allows users to privately save tweets for later. Staff product designer Tina Koyama tweeted a sneak peek into what the feature looks like, with a bookmarks option listed on the users’ navigation menu.

Amazon workers to strike in Italy, Germany this Black Friday

From CNET: Amazon won't be enjoying Black Friday -- and the rest of the holiday season -- this year.

Over 500 workers at the e-commerce giant's main distribution hub in Italy have agreed to strike for the first time this Black Friday after disappointing talks with Amazon for bonuses and better pay, Reuters reported Wednesday. The plan follows strikes scheduled for the same day at six Amazon warehouses in Germany.

Microsoft Facing HoloLens Patent Lawsuit and 'Triple Damages' Threat

From PC Mag: When talking about virtual reality, multiple companies are leading the way including Oculus, HTC, and Sony. But for mixed reality, there is one clear frontrunner in the form of Microsoft and its HoloLens smartglasses/headset. However, Microsoft is now facing a lawsuit threatening a jury trial and triple damages based on two patent infrignements.

YouTube Returns to Amazon Echo Show

From PC Mag: Good news, Amazon Echo Show owners and prospective buyers: YouTube is back after an almost two-month hiatus.

Amazon confirmed the news in a Tuesday email to PCMag, noting that Vimeo and Dailymotion are also now available on the device.

"We're excited to offer customers the capability to watch even more video content from sources such as Vimeo, YouTube, and Dailymotion on Echo Show," Amazon's statement reads. "More video sources will be added over time."

Uber hid hack that exposed data of 57 million users, drivers

From CNET: Uber revealed Tuesday that hackers stole data on 57 million drivers and riders in October 2016, the ride-hailing company said on Tuesday.

The pilfered data included personal information such as names, email addresses and driver's license numbers, the company said. Social Security numbers and credit card information, however, didn't appear to have been compromised.

Microsoft confirms Surface Book 2’s power problem

From The Verge: Microsoft’s 15-inch Surface Book 2 laptop suffers from battery drain during heavy gaming or GPU usage, a problem The Verge first identified during our review of the device last week. While plugged into the supplied charger, the battery on the base of the device will drain during certain games if the power settings are set to max performance to fully utilize the power of the hardware.

Tether says nearly $31 million worth of its digital tokens have been stolen after hack

From The Verge: Tether, the startup company that allows users to trade and use digital tokens backed by fiat currencies like the dollar, euro, and yen, says that close to $31 million was stolen from its coffers after a malicious attack. In a post on its website, Tether says $30,950,000 USDT was taken from its treasury wallet on November 19th and sent to a unauthorized digital wallet. USDT is a cryptocurrency token pegged to the US dollar, which is fully backed by assets in the company’s reserve account.

Chip Maker Marvell Buys Cavium in $6B Cloud Data Center Push

From PC Mag: Semiconductor maker Marvell Technology is beefing up its presence in the data center space by buying Cavium, an enterprise server technology vendor, for $6 billion.

The two companies want to target the "high growth" data center market at a time when businesses are moving to the cloud and carriers are deploying faster networks, generating need for more storage and better wireless connectivity, the CEOs of both companies said Monday.


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